b. 1990, Scarborough, Canada; lives and works New York, U.S.
Jes Fan works primarily with sculpture, installation, and video, exploring themes of biology, gender and identity. Fan is interested in the fluidity of biological and cultural constructs, as well as the intersections between the personal and the political. Much of Fan’s work explores the gendered body, legacies of colonisation and microorganisms. Sculptures frequently incorporate a range of materials, including medical silicone, glass, and metal, to create abstract forms that suggest the shape and function of bodily organs. Through his work, Fan challenges conventional notions of identity and biology, inviting viewers to engage with the complexities and fluidity of these concepts. By pushing the boundaries of what is considered ‘natural’ or ‘normal,’ and by removing such organic forms from the context of the figure, the abstract qualities of the work, serve to highlight the body, increasingly intertwined with, and mediated by technology.
Jes Fan's recent exhibitions include The Milk of Dreams The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2022); Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere, MIT List Visual Arts Center, (2022); Breaking Water, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, (2022); Soft Water Hard Stone, The Fifth New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, (2022), The Stomach and the Port, Liverpool Biennale (2021); NIRIN, Biennale of Sydney, (2020) and The Socrates Annual 2019, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, (2019).
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